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Fernando Alonso qualified seventh on Saturday but after other drivers’ penalties lifted him into P6, third row start for Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix, the best of the season.

McLaren to switch from Honda to Renault engines from 2018. Also, the Spaniard claims that McLaren-Honda’s current form coming from the chassis development.

“Normally we cross the line and we are one of the first cars and be P7 or P8 and then becomes P9 or P10 so when they said still P7 and start sixth, now we start in the real position,” Alonso tells Sky F1.

“We are quite competitive now. The car is showing great performance lately and I think that’s coming from the chassis development. It’s a good direction we took and Australia next year will be a completely different thing and we will be looking forwards.

“I think we have a good car on Sundays. No doubt Ricciardo and Hamilton will come back very strongly and it will be difficult to defend those positions. But we saw in Mexico I will not give up and will try and defend anyone who is attacking me. Hopefully we can get some points.

“We have a great chance. We have been close to the points starting from the back so hopefully starting sixth things will be a little bit easier and hopefully we deliver the result tomorrow.”

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